Assistant Professor of Political Science in Comparative Politics (Tenure-Track)

Northwestern University, Political Science Department

Deadline: Review Begins immediately. Applications received before October 27th, 2023 will receive full consideration |  Apply Here »

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor working in the field of Comparative Politics to begin on September 1, 2024. The search is open with respect to substantive, methodological, and regional specialization within the field of Comparative Politics. We seek an excellent scholar who employs theory and methodology in the effort to generate new and important empirical findings about substantively interesting questions, and whose teaching and mentorship inspire the next generation of scholars of Comparative Politics.

The successful candidate will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as participate in activities and service in the Department and University. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required; however, ABD applicants who anticipate completion of the doctorate by Fall 2024 will be considered. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies, the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, the Global Poverty Research Lab, and regional clusters including African Studies, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, and the Middle East and North Africa program, among others. The Department is particularly interested in recruiting scholars who will contribute to the Department’s goal of diversifying and increasing external funding for research in line with the Comparative Politics subfield’s strong record of current funding (e.g., NSF, Departments of State and Defense, and Folke Bernadotte Academy). In addition, the Department is interested in candidates who can contribute to on-going efforts of colleagues to build institutional links for the study of Comparative Politics (current collaborations include Universidad de los Andes, Kyiv School of Economics, US Air Force Academy, and Peace Research Institute Oslo).

Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, two writing samples, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. The two writing samples should include a portion of the candidate’s doctoral dissertation and optionally one additional paper or article.

Review will begin immediately. All applications received by October 27th will be given priority.


For inquiries about the job advertisement or application, please reach out to Stephen Monteiro, Business Administrator in the Department of Political Science, by email:

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